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Letter To The Editor: Parents Have Right To Opt Their Children Out Of Standardized Testing

on February 24, 2015 - 1:49pm
D-Catron, Grant and Socorro

There is a lot of misinformation circulating regarding the upcoming Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test (PARCC) that will be administered to students from grades 3-11 this spring.

I want to clarify the options parents have in deciding to opt their children out of taking this test.

Many of you have expressed concern and, indeed, dissatisfaction with the intensity of the current amount of standardized testing taking place in our schools.

Scenes From 'Willy Wonka Jr.' Performance

on February 24, 2015 - 1:39pm
Scene from Atomic City Children's Theater performance of 'Willy Wonka Jr.' last weekend at Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by Monique Beyerle
Photo by Monique Beyerle
Photo by Monique Beyerle
Photo by Monique Beyerle

Obituary: Jeffrey Bradley Dec. 4, 1946 – Feb. 13, 2015

on February 24, 2015 - 1:27pm
JEFFREY BRADLEY Dec. 4, 1946 – Feb. 13, 2015
Jeffrey Myrle Bradley, 68, passed away Friday, February 13, 2015 at his home in Mesquite, NV. He was born December 4, 1946 in Oak Park, IL to Everett Emmett & Florence Helen (Folkes) Bradley.
Jeffrey served honorably as a SGT USAF 1964-1968. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1974 with an Associate of Science in Instrumentation Engineering Technology. Jeffrey lived much of his life in New Mexico. For 33 years he worked in research at the Los Alamos (NM) National Laboratory. In his spare time, Jeff loved fishing and golfing. 
He is

It's Concert Day At Duane Smith Auditorium

on February 24, 2015 - 12:34pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School Concert begins at 7 p.m., today in Duane Smith Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Choir students will perform and the public is encouraged to attend this special event.


Los Alamos Mountaineer Brett Kettering Presents 'High Pointing Gets Addictive' March 18

on February 24, 2015 - 12:12pm
Brett Kettering and friend on top of the world. Courtesy/LA Mountaineers
Brett Kettering and friends climb high. Courtesy/LA Mountaineers

LAM News:

The public is invited to join the Los Alamos Mountaineers (LAM) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos for an exciting presentation by Brett Kettering, a local, active LAM member, titled "High Pointing Gets Addictive."

Over the years, Kettering has been visiting state high points as he has opportunity. Lately it’s become more of an addiction.

Author/Photographer Don Usner Featured At Authors Speak Thursday

on February 24, 2015 - 12:07pm

Don Usner

MPL News:

Author and photographer Don Usner is the featured speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Mesa Public Library.

Book cover for 'Chasing Dichos through Chimayo.' Courtesy photo

Usner’s latest book, published by UNM Press, is called Chasing Dichos through Chimayo. The book is a chronicle of his search for the deep roots contained in old sayings, proverbs and adages from a disappearing culture and language.

Chasing Dichos through Chimayo

The book also is a very personal and moving story of riding in the car with his mother to Chimayo to find those old stories.

Zia Credit Union Supports Empty Bowls Project

on February 24, 2015 - 12:03pm
Zia Credit Union staff members J.C. Duggar, left, and David Woodruff with Self Help Director Ellen Morris Bond, are supporting the 22nd annual Empty Bowls project, luncheon and silent auction. The event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 7 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Team Wins National Navy JROTC Championships For 2015

on February 24, 2015 - 11:58am

From left, LCDR Shumaker, David Murphy, Holly Hayes, Samantha Miller, JoAnna O’Neill and Samuel Wolfe. Courtesy/Stephanie Miller

Los Alamos High School NJROTC precision air rifle team has won the National Navy JROTC Championships for 2015.

Shooters JoAnna O'Neill, Samantha Miller, Samuel Wolfe, David Murphy and Holly Hayes traveled to Phoenix, Ariz., for the three day event last week.   

Individually O'Neill placed second nationally, Miller ninth and Wolfe 10th. In the regional results, O'Neill placed first, Miller second, Wolfe third, Hayes fifth and Murphy ninth.

Letter to the editor: Make New Mexico Trap Free

on February 24, 2015 - 11:50am
Los Alamos
Please support making New Mexico a trap-free state. It surprises me that this is even an issue considering how cruel these traps are but apparently it is, so please consider my opinions below.
Animals are not robots. They feel pain, fear, hunger, heat, cold. It is cruel to trap an animal and leave it vulnerable to: other wildlife predators, freezing temperatures, hyperthermia, starvation, bleeding to death. Trapping an animal also prevents it from feeding and protecting its young.
I am sure the reason for these traps to exist are due to some wild animals being

Real Estate Corner: 10 Tips To Purchasing A New Home

on February 24, 2015 - 11:33am
Real Estate Corner
10 Tips to Purchasing a New Home

Buying a new home is exciting and a big commitment, both emotionally and financially. These 10 steps of the home buying process can help you make the best decision possible so you can purchase with confidence:.

  • Step 1: Find a Mortgage Lender. Your mortgage lender can pre-qualify you for a mortgage and provide with the price range you should be looking at in your home search. A pre-qualification letter will be issued to you by your mortgage lender. 
  • Step 2: Find the right Real Estate Professional. A Realtor ® can

CIR Presents: Great Decisions

on February 24, 2015 - 11:32am
 CIR News:
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) presents Great Decisions, a program of eight discussion topics focusing on current world affairs. 
Each meeting includes a half hour video, facilitator presentation (by CIR board member Rob Reider), Q&A participant discussion.
BYO lunch, light snacks and beverages are provided. This program begins 11:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 and continues for eight sessions the third Tuesday of each month through October. The meetings are at the SFCIR Conference Room, 413 Grant Ave., Suite D, in Santa Fe.  

The cost for the eight

United Church Of Los Alamos: Mexico Mission Auction March 21

on February 24, 2015 - 11:23am
UCLA News:
The United Church of Los Alamos has announced their Mexico Mission Auction date, changing the date from a Sunday to a Saturday.
The event will take place March 21 with a silent auction at 2 p.m., followed at 3 p.m. with a live auction. The funds will send students and sponsors to build homes for the poor during spring break.
Items can be donated to the church by calling 505.662.2971.

LAMS Team Takes First In MathCounts Competition

on February 24, 2015 - 11:10am
From left, Coach Phuong Nguyen, Mathletes Antonio Dowdy, Do Vo, Duncan Fuehne and Christopher Koh and Coach Jane Lataille.

LAMS News:

The Los Alamos Middle School MathCounts team placed first Saturday in the Northern New Mexico Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition at Pojoaque High School.

The team was made up of Do Vo, Christopher Koh, Antonio Dowdy and Duncan Fuehne. Vo placed first as an individual, Koh placed 2nd, Dowdy 3rd and Fuehne placed 4th. The team coaches are Phuong Nguyen and Jane Lataille. 

The team will compete March 21 at state.  

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program is designed


How The Hen House Turns—Chicken Moxie

on February 24, 2015 - 10:58am
How the Hen House Turns
Chicken Moxie
By Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

Last week I reviewed our experience building the Hen House. What amazed me then, and still resonates now, is how the birds adapted to our ideas.

They laid eggs in the nest boxes. They entered the House at dusk and sat on the roosts to sleep. They drank from water jugs (cut down gallon plastic jugs), re-supplied their gizzards with oyster shells to grind their food (LA tuff doesn’t provide good hard pebbles for grit.), and ate their lay pellets laced with cracked corn.

Over its 40 years of intermittent occupancy,

Food on the Hill: A Lighter Eggplant Parmigiana

on February 24, 2015 - 10:37am
FOOD on the HILL

I know that if I ask the husband what he wants for dinner, he is likely to say “vegetables in curry” or “eggplant parm.” (Either answer, of course, is better than “I don’t care,” which I find annoying and unhelpful, even if his intention is to convey that he’s flexible, or something.)  

Although I’ve been cooking since I was a child, I had never prepared eggplant parmigiana before our marriage. When I did finally try to make it for dinner, I was put off by the amount of cheese, bread crumbs, frying oil and active time necessary to prepare it.

YMCA Little Youth Spring Basketball Program Registration Ends Friday

on February 24, 2015 - 10:36am

YMCA News:

The YMCA Little Youth Spring Basketball program for Girls and Boys in grades K-1st, is open for registration until Friday, Feb. 27.

Beauties For Big Brothers Big Sisters

on February 24, 2015 - 10:22am

Miss Northern New Mexico Rose Lea of Los Alamos. Photo by Try'N'Fly Photography of Los Alamos

BBBS News:

Los Alamos’ own Miss Northern New Mexico 2015 will be bringing “Beauties for Big Brothers Big Sisters” to this year’s Fire and Ice Festival in Jemez Springs.

Come out to Fitzgerald Park 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and purchase your chance to toss a pie at Miss Northern New Mexico, as well as other delegates of the Miss United States Organization. If you’re really feeling ferocious, you can even get the opportunity to plant a pie right in a beauty queen’s face.

Los Alamos Cooperative Market Celebrates Four Years In Business Saturday!

on February 24, 2015 - 9:58am

CO+OP News:

The Los Alamos Co+op Market is celebrating its 4th anniversary Saturday by offering fun learning experiences for all ages, live music, food sampling, cake and a semi-annual Inventory Reduction Sale.

Celebrate community while enjoying interactive booths by a variety of non-profit organizations including the NMSU County Extension, Camino de Paz, Family YMCA and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

To show appreciation for the Co+op’s member/owners, the Co+op is offering a 10 percent discount Saturday on all regular priced items.

Activities for all ages:

All Day:

Public Invited To Attend First 2015 Budget Committee Meeting Wednesday

on February 24, 2015 - 8:47am

LAPS News:

The first meeting of the Los Alamos Public Schools 2015 Budget Committee is 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School.

Public comment will be accepted at the beginning and the end of the meeting.

Agenda Highlights:

  • Review of Budget Committee Charter approved by LAPS School Boar;
  • Review of LAPS non-negotiable goals; and
  • Discussion of how to identify the gaps to reach non-negotiable goals, how to measure those gaps and what is required to close those gaps.

The LAPS School Board and District Office strongly encourage community involvement in this process.


Speaker Tripp Releases Statement On Passing Of Former House Sergeant-At-Arms Gilbert Lopez

on February 24, 2015 - 8:28am


SANTA FE – House Speaker Don Tripp released the following statement on the passing of former Sergeant-At-Arms Gilbert Lopez:

“Gilbert Lopez dedicated his life to serving the people of New Mexico. Including his tenure as the sergeant-at-arms, Lopez served in the State Capitol for 23 years before retiring in 2014. He is a man of great honor. Our prayers go out to his family and friends.”

Memorial honoring House Sergeant-At-Arms Gilbert Lopez at his retirement following the 2014 legislative session:

WHEREAS, after twenty-three years of working at the state capitol, Gilbert Lopez,

Prescribed Burns Planned On Santa Fe National Forest's Cuba Ranger District

on February 24, 2015 - 7:41am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue the La Jara prescribed pile burns on the Cuba Ranger District this week.

The La Jara prescribed pile burns, a remaining total of 56 acres, may continue through March 30, only if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-dependent ecosystems.

Legislation To Expand State’s Voyeurism Law Passes House Floor With Unanimous Vote

on February 24, 2015 - 7:33am

Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage


SANTA FE – Legislation that would crack down on sexual predators attempting to secretly view or record a person’s intimate areas has passed the House floor by a bipartisan vote of 59-5.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage, R-San Juan County, will now go the State Senate. 

“We have the right to our privacy and must make sure these rights are protected,” said Clahchischilliage, of Kirtland, the bill’s sponsor. “This legislation will help protect New Mexico’s families from predators. I look forward to a vote by the Senate.”

Cowboy Breakfast At Posse Lodge Sunday

on February 24, 2015 - 7:19am

Letter to the Editor: Grateful For Support

on February 24, 2015 - 7:03am
By VICKY HYPES, Christian Church
ALLIE THOMPSON, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church

The House of Hope and Trinity Builders wish to thank the community for supporting our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper held Feb. 17.

We are grateful for the publicity provided by KRSN, The Los Alamos Daily Post and The Los Alamos Monitor. Jan McDonald and his band provided wonderful Dixieland Music, and more than 40 members of Trinity on the Hill and other Los Alamos Church congregations helped make this a success. We thank you all!

The proceeds from this event help purchase the supplies for our groups to


Easter Sunday Eggstravaganza April 5

on February 24, 2015 - 6:53am